Press Releases

June 27, 2014

At Booker T. Washington Community Center In Auburn, Gillibrand Announced New Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Nutritious Meals For More Children Over The Summer

Auburn, NY - Standing at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Auburn Mayor Michael Quill, Booker T. Washington Community Center Executive Director Denise Farrington and the Food Bank of Central New York's Outreach Director Amalia Swan, announced introduction of the bipartisan Summer Meals Act, which would enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The legislation would help improve nutrition and … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $160,000 For The Lewiston Fire Department In Niagara County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $159,828 in federal funding for Lewiston Fire Department in Niagara County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase 30 new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). These air-packs help firefighters breathe when in burning buildings and hazardous environments. The Lewiston Fire Department serves … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $23,000 For The Lisle Fire Company

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,736 in federal funding for the Lisle Volunteer Fire Company. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Lisle Volunteer Fire Company will use these federal funds to purchase new extrication equipment. "Making sure the brave men and women that serve in our fire departments have the resources they need has always … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Senator Gillibrand & Congressman Higgins Announce Legislation To Reauthorize Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Standing along the western terminus of the Erie Canal, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced introduction of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act (HR 4641), a bill to extend the Canalway's authorization for the next fifteen years. "The Erie Canal Corridor is one of America's richest treasures, and holds enormous potential that we are still unlocking," Senator Gillibrand said. "From the waterfront in Buffalo where we stand today through … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Standing At Stony Brook’s Calverton Business Incubator, Gillibrand, Bishop Announce Bill To Bring High-Tech Innovation To The Marketplace

Stony Brook, NY - Standing at Stony Brook University's Calverton Business Incubator, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop, joined by Stony Brook University President Sam Stanley, and Long Island Association President Kevin Law, Accelerate Long Island Executive Director Mark Lesko, and Polynova Chief Science Officer Dr. Danny Bluestein, announced today a bipartisan bill to help translate the more than $1 billion a year of research funding secured by Long Island research … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce, After Joint Push, HUD Has Made Decision To Allow Syracuse To Apply For Critical Lead Funds – Together Urged Both HUD Secretary Donovan & HUD Secretary Nominee Castro To Remove High-Risk Designation & Consider City's App

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has decided to remove the "high-risk" designation they had given Syracuse, which was preventing the city from submitting an application to receive critical lead removal funds and meant that Syracuse actually owed HUD a one-time, $1.4 million re-payment of funds HUD had allocated to the city that HUD claimed the city … Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Gillibrand Bill To Connect Youth With Strong Job Opportunities Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced key provisions from her legislation to help increase employment among at-risk youth have passed the Senate as part of the bipartisan, bicameral deal, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which reauthorizes federal job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Senator Gillibrand's Urban Jobs Act would provide federal funding to nonprofit organizations, allowing them to carry out programming to … Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Tri-Cities Airport To Receive More Than $1.3 Million In Dot Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Tri-Cities Airport will receive $1,359,168 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The federal funding will be used to rehabilitate the runway to ensure safer airfield operations at the airport by improving the structural integrity of the pavement and removing foreign object debris from the runway. "We should always strive to achieve the highest standards of aviation … Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Gillibrand, Maloney Announce More Than $1 Million For Regional Economic Community Action Program Of Orange County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced $1,041,093 in federal funding for Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP), an Orange County community based organization. This federal investment will support Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. "Head start programs help children start out strong and provide support at their most critical learning … Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

Gillibrand, Murkowski Introduce Legislation To Provide Nutritious Meals For More Children Over The Summer

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski today introduced the bipartisan Summer Meals Act, which would enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The legislation would help improve nutrition and enhance learning in underserved areas by better integrating summer education and meals programs, making it easier for public-private partner organizations to participate in the summer meals program, and by providing a third meal for … Continue Reading


June 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Penn Yan Airport In Yates County To Receive Over $200,000 In Dot Funding For Runway Lighting, Safety Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Penn Yan Airport in Yates County will receive approximately $208,195.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport infrastructure upgrades. Specifically, Penn Yan Airport will use these funds to install new runway lighting, which will increase safety and energy efficiency as well as departure and arrival times. The current system that lights the … Continue Reading


June 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Schenectady County Airport To Receive More Than $181,000 In DOT Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that Schenectady County Airport will receive $181,710 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The federal funding will be used to design the rehabilitation of the runway. Once rehabilitated, this project would ensure safer airfield operations at the airport by improving the structural integrity of the pavement and removing foreign object debris from … Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4 Million In Federal Funding For Much-Needed Emergency Equipment At Bay Park Dewatering Facility After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced over $4 million in federal funding to reimburse the Nassau County Department of Public Works for emergency temporary sludge dewatering work at the Bay Park Dewatering facility, following Superstorm Sandy. The storm flooded the Dewatering facility with 12 feet of saltwater, and sewage could not be treated properly, creating an emergency situation. The funding is being provided through the Federal Emergency Management … Continue Reading


June 22, 2014

Gillibrand Calls For Modernizing Nation’s Voter Registration System By Allowing All Eligible Voters To Register Online – Currently Only Half The Nation Can Register Online –Would Expand Access To Millions Of Voters

New York, NY - With only half the nation currently allowed to register to vote online, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), joined by Melissa del Valle Ortiz, President of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York and Ashton Stewart, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York, announced today that she will introduce federal legislation that would modernize the country's online voter registration system and bring the election process into the 21st … Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

Boxer, Gillibrand Praise Obama Administration For Creating Pollinator Health Task Force

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today praised the Obama Administration for creating a Pollinator Health Task Force to develop a federal strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators. The new interagency task force will help address troubling pollinator declines in California, New York and elsewhere by improving federal coordination to protect the long-term viability of native and managed pollinators. "I am pleased that the … Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

Gillibrand Statement After White House Announcement That Same-Sex Married Couples Now Eligible For Additional Federal Benefits Across The Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) issued the following statement today after President Obama announced that legally married same-sex couples will now be eligible for more federal benefits in every state across the country: "I commend President Obama for standing up in the fight for equality and fairness. This is another important step towards equality for every single American within the law regardless of whom they love. "But our work will not be done until Congress … Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Albany International Airport To Receive More Than $820,000 In DOT Funding For Infrastructure Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that Albany International Airport will receive $826,200 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. The federal funding will be used to replace several terminal building doorways which will include placing faster, more energy efficient doors at baggage gates. This will enhance the building's structural integrity and improve the airport's … Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce SBA Has Approved Yates County For Disaster Loans – Loans Will Help Homeowners, Renters & Businesses Recover From Recent Flooding

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has officially made homeowners, renters and businesses in Yates County who were affected by last month's heavy rain and floods eligible for special low-interest disaster loans. Yates County has been deemed eligible for these loans because it reached a specific damage threshold - physical damage to at least 25 homes or business structures in excess of 40% of the … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $86,000 For The Patchin Volunteer Fire Company In Erie County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $86,450 in federal grant money for the Patchin Volunteer Fire Company. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Patchin Volunteer Fire Company will use these federal funds to purchase new turnout gear; firefighters must be equipped with this gear, which includes a coat, pants, boots, gloves, helmets and a hood for … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $23,000 For Village Of Deruyter Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,643 in federal funding for the Village of DeRuyter. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase 2,700 feet of new fire hoses and six nozzles. Senator Schumer wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Johnson and Senator Gillibrand wrote a letter to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) … Continue Reading

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